USA – Why should the US be afforded the ‘power of assassination’? (Clive Stafford Smith, Al Jazeera)

On November 16, the case of Bilal Abdul Kareem came on for argument before the Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The claim made by the Trump administration – and accepted by the federal judge in September 2019 – was that the US government could assassinate Bilal with a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone. Because this was a matter of “national security”, neither Kareem nor the Supreme Court of the United States should have any say in the matter.